Sorry it has been a week since I’ve last posted anything! This weekend I was in Tulsa, Oklahoma and immediately upon returning I started moving into my new condo that I’m renting from another Penn State Cross Country alumni! Little to say, I’ve been a bit busy! Luckily, another friend and PSU XC alum James Carney had an air mattress that I could crash on until my best I ordered arrives this morning.
This past weekend was awesome. I had originally planned to race the Tulsa Run 15k on October 30th when my planned “peak” race was the US Half-Marathon Championships. When we decided to run the upcoming California International Marathon Dec 5th, running the Tulsa Run in the middle of hard training a few weeks after the BAA Half-Marathon did not make the most sense. Instead, I continued to run over 100 miles for the week and did about 70 minutes of moderate running ending 10 minutes before the “race” began. Then, I did some drills, skipping and strides and ran the race as a progression run.
With the exception of stopping to tie my shoe for almost 15 seconds at mile 5 (which I’ve never even on an easy run had a shoelace come untied?) the progression run went perfectly. I ended up running approximately 2:18 for the final 800m and although I was running very hard, I had plenty of energy after 19+ miles. I can tell if I worked out too hard when my cooldown is painfully slow, yet I was trotting around the mean streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma with energy after the race. The workout was another boost in confidence since it was my longest run ever with 15k in 49:07 towards the end of the workout (official results show 49:19 because of the shoe-tying incident). Even more important is the fact that I had plenty of energy left the rest of the day to enjoy Penn State beating Michigan in football, and awesome to hear both PSU XC teams placed 4th in the Big 10 Championships!!
More importantly, this weekend was filled with a lot of quality time with my Uncle Rick who lives near Tulsa. He actually flew to Pennsylvania this summer to attend my MS commencement ceremony at Penn State. I stayed at his place over the weekend, watched lots of college football on his bigscreen TV, cruised around Tulsa in his 1980 Corvette, and ate some very good food. He even had a cake and celebrated my birthday since I was not home for my birthday this year. There is nothing more important in life than family, and it was great to spend a few days of quality time with him. He also took the really cool videos of the race for me. He even made a beer pint glass with “Tulsa Run 2010” and the state of Oklahoma engraved on it. I “celebrated” a great workout and weekend with two pints of Guiness while watching Penn State football beat Michigan at Uncle Rick’s place.
After a great weekend, another 100+ mile week with some very quality work, and some great Penn State athletics results, I’m excited to be almost moved into my new place and back in the swing of things. I’ll be at altitude another 9 days before I leave for a two week thanksgiving trip, starting with a week at Penn State, an 8k at the Rothmann Institute in Philadelphia Nov 20th, and finishing with a fun week at home for thanksgiving with the family and seeing my hometown friends that I miss. I’ll try to post more frequently and blog a little more about my marathon prep – specifically my thoughts, ideas, stories, and other motivation leading towards 26.2 miles in California!
All my best!
33RD ANNUAL TULSA RUN TULSA OK - OCTOBER 30, 2010 ChronoTrack timing and results by Event Tech www.event-tech.com 15K COMPLETE OVERALL RESULTS CAT: WC=WHLCHR RW=RACEWLKR CL=CLYDE/ATHENA Place Cat Name City/state Guntime Chptime M/mi M/km No. ===== === ======================= === ================== ======= ======= ===== ===== ===== 1 Macdonard Ondara M25 Santa Fe NM 44:01 44:01 4:44 2:57 4 2 Samuel Kosgei M26 Santa Fe NM 44:24 44:24 4:46 2:58 5 3 Leonard Muchera Maina M31 Sun Prairie WI 44:40 44:40 4:48 2:59 17 4 Edward Tabut M26 Santa Fe NM 45:18 45:18 4:52 3:02 3 5 Linus Maiyo M27 Royersford PA 45:29 45:29 4:53 3:02 6 6 Josphat Boit M26 North Little Rock 46:33 46:33 5:00 3:07 7 7 Brant Lutz M35 Tulsa OK 48:41 48:41 5:14 3:15 105 8 Josh Stewart M25 Ada OK 48:44 48:44 5:14 3:15 2 9 Sam Dech M31 Oklahoma City OK 49:16 49:16 5:18 3:18 16 10 Tyler McCandless M23 New York NY 49:19 49:19 5:18 3:18 10 11 Ezkyas Sisay M22 Flagstaff AZ 49:31 49:31 5:19 3:19 13 12 Belaihesh Gebre F22 Flagstaff AZ 49:35 49:35 5:20 3:19 9 13 Theron Stoltzfus M25 Oklahoma City OK 49:54 49:54 5:22 3:20 2506 14 Hilary Kogo M29 North Little Rock 51:02 51:02 5:29 3:25 8 15 Kevin Mayer M19 Tulsa OK 51:04 51:04 5:29 3:25 103 16 Wade Miller M26 Edmond OK 51:41 51:41 5:33 3:27 5487 17 Craig Ottman M28 Keller TX 52:36 52:35 5:39 3:31 28 18 Stephen Murphy M33 Jenks OK 52:55 52:55 5:41 3:32 33 19 Lucy Cherotich F28 Zacatecas MX 53:13 53:13 5:43 3:33 87 20 Cole Tunnell M25 Garland TX 53:38 53:38 5:46 3:35 5714